SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, The National Arboretum - Washington, DC, Chico, CA and Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA
This tree needs good drainage and branches don't droop and resist breakage. Podocarpus macrophyllus has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -3 (Low Risk).
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Podocarpus macrophyllus var. angustifolius
Additional Common Names
YEW PINE, YEW PLUM PINE, YEW PODOCARPUS
Erect with a High Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 40 - 50 feet.
Width: 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Lanceolate to Linear, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female reproductive parts (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Purple Cone, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall Edible.
Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Exfoliating or Furrowed.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 9 and 12 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 10.
Exposure Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Mites and Scales, Sooty Mold.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Shade Tree, Street Tree or Screen.
Espalier, Hedged or Topiary.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Podocarpus macrophyllus Tree Record." 1995-2021. May 14, 2021.
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